Today is the 14th, 14 days from the day I enter the hospital for the BMT (bone marrow transplant). For those uneducated readers I am have an autologous transplant. Like a book I wrote about myself, an autobiography, the auto transplant is a transplant with my own stem cells. So back in Jan/Feb of 2010 I harvested my cells and they put them in a freezer. These will make a re-appearance on Jan 29! Here’s the quick details as I can remember them! :)
I arrive on 28 January and will have a “port” put in. Where I couldn’t get much details this is similar to the catheter I had inserted for the harvest but I’ve been told it’s not as big (wide or long) and is an easier insertion, potentially bedside. That surprises me but hey, we’ll see. That afternoon I will get the Melphalan which will proceed to attack all my cells, good or bad! The melphalan will stay in my system for 12 hours and everything exposed is expected to be annihilated.
The next day is DAY 0 – By afternoon the melphalan will be out of my system and the port will be put to good use, giving me back my recently thawed old cells! From that point forward I wait. I get diarrhea, mouth sores, lack of appetite and other fun things – while I get to wait! Around Day 6 I’m at my worst – where the melphalan has been successful but the new stuff hasn’t quite grown up. By Day 10 I should be approaching normal and sometime between day 12 and day 15 I get to go home (barring any complications.)
Food – I can have anything pasteurized. I can have steak/lamb, when cooked at home, packed tight and kept refrigerated. I can have vegetables, washed, roasted of course. I can have yogurt (believe it or not) so I tweeted that I can have my Chobani and Chobani favorited my tweet!). I can also have frozen fruit (if pasteurized). I’m saying all this as it was recommended – I may not want to eat but when I do, I do NOT want to eat the hospital food!
Visitors – I can have visitors – I may not want them but I can have them! No more than two at a time though.
Serious note – at some point I may need to have either blood or platelet transfusions. This isn’t expected but has happened in the past. My boss is already pining to do the platelet donation (he does this often) and they can be directed specifically for me in the event there’s a need. I do not have the details on that process (to donate blood or platelet specifically to me) but will post details as a comment to this post.
For now – I’m done with blogging and done with PGHLing! Good night!